Hughes Fowler Carruthers


Alex is a founding partner at Hughes Fowler Carruthers. He specialises in complex divorce and financial work and children’s work, in particular in international cases. His clients are high net worth individuals with complex legal issues including trusts and jurisdictional disputes.

Alex helped set up the Young Solicitors Family Law Association in 1998. He is a member of Resolution, the International Bar Association and a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Alex is a qualified mediator and collaborative lawyer and is featured in Spear’s Family Law Index’s ‘Top Recommended Family Lawyers’ list. Alex is also listed in Tatler Address Book’s Advisory as one of the leading family lawyers in their trusted network of influential and elite private client experts with “gilt-edged” expertise.

He is a trustee of the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau and a regular commentator and speaker on family law.

Alex continues to be highly commended in the leading legal directories for his expertise. Chambers UK 2022 reconfirms Alex’s Band 1 ranking and praises his high-quality advice on both financial and children-related disputes, highlighting that he is “very thorough and highly responsive”, while remaining “very straightforward and clear”. The Guide emphasises that “he is intelligent and effective in complex cases related to trusts” and “has a good understanding of difficult legal concepts”. Chambers UK 2021 commended his “massive experience in high and ultra high net worth mandates”.

Alex retains his Band 1 ranking in Chambers HNW 2021 and is recognised for being “a complete advocate for his clients. He is technically superb and represents his clients brilliantly”. Chambers HNW 2020 reconfirmed Alex’s Band 1 ranking, and recognises him as “an incredibly clever” litigator with particular expertise in complex high net worth divorce cases involving multi-jurisdictional financial arrangements. The guide further adds Alex has “always had great instincts” and notes: “You can do business with him and get things sorted, and he knows the parameters of what is a sensible settlement and what is not.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022 reconfirms Alex’s ranking in their Hall of Fame and describes him as “a stand-out litigator of immense experience and superior instincts”. The Guide highlights he is a “feared litigator, with an astute and brave approach to any problem. He never takes a step backwards and leaves no angle unexplored or unexploited” and adds he is “a top choice for difficult finance cases”. The Legal 500 UK 2021 inducted Alex into their Hall of Fame and described him as a “highly respected” lawyer and “a tough negotiator who knows when to fight a case”. 

Alex’s interests include bridge. He studied science at Cambridge before qualifying as a solicitor in 1994. He practised at Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, first as a solicitor and then (from 1999) as a partner until the inception of Hughes Fowler Carruthers in 2001.

Recent News

11 Nov

Alex Carruthers and Mark Harper to attend the International Private Client Forum 2021
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01 Nov

Alex Carruthers speaks at ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce Litigation conference
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05 Oct

Modern Families and the future of HNW divorce
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Academy Court
94 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1DT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7421 8383
DX: 251 London/Chancery Lane
Email: [email protected]

Academy Court
94 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1DT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7421 8383
DX: 251 London/Chancery Lane
Email: [email protected]

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